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[News] Gaming on the Amiga, an Interview with Bill McEwenANN.lu
Posted on 29-Jun-2000 19:20 GMT by Peteo23 comments
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Gamers Depot has a good interview with Bill McEwen talking about the amiga os, hardware and gaming. Check it out, a good read!
Gaming on the Amiga, an Interview with Bill McEwen : Comment 1 of 23ANN.lu
Posted by XDelusion on 28-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
SOunds good but can someone explain to me why we must rely on Direct X? Also I do believe you have to have that for about every single video game in the market today. As far I was to understand, Direct X was built to allow the PC to do things that Amiga did naturally, and what not, but I could be wrong.
Anyhow, I hope they have something special in store that will make conpanies turn there heads, as well as not limiting them by presenting the world with something that Direct X does better. Also Windows and Mac have Real Play, and Media Studio, how the hell are we supposed to keep up with this!?? Multimedia is one reason I choose to still use Winblows, because I can downlaod a Movie in ASF format, or VCD format, burn it to a CD or whatever, and watch it, will I be able to do this in the new Amiga OS!??!?!?! I can't in Linux, Be, AtheOS, ect, and I doubt I will be able to with QNX either. :O(
I DON'T WANT TO HAVE TO RUN AMIGA ON TOP OF WINBLOWS!!!!! NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!
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Posted by XDelusion` on 29-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
Back to games, I was thinking, probably the best kind of games that could be designed for portability, I mean games where you would actually desire to bring with you, would of course be none other than Role Playing games. Those games do not require fancy GFX, or a large screen, plus I often find myself thinking about how to kill a certain daemon, or pull a jewl out of some Dragon's ass (Lunar), ect. But the irony was I was elsewhere and my game system was at home. So in that perspective, I would love protable gaming. But as for doing the Latest Duke Nuke'm with portability in mind, I could really care less, and I highly doubt I'll ever live to see the day where you can run soemthing like that on a freaking cell phone! :O) As for Pac Man ,and the like....
...those would work nicely, where is Atari, er um, cough cough, I mean Hasbro when you need them!??! I would love to see them support Amiga!
BTW I am playing through a Castlvania game on my Sony Playstation ATM, that is what sparked the whole protability idea, I could be playing it now if Amiga where here :O/ As for Time saving for game developers, YES that is for sure, get Ami on Dreamshaft, SOny 2, Dolphin ect. That would rock!!!!
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Posted by Remco Komduur on 29-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
Great article!!!
I like what they are going to do. I also don't believe in full open sourcing. It does more harm then good. They may also do this with OS 3.5. It will make development a lot faster.
The Amiga One sounds like something for me. I would like to have a modern Amiga and not constantly upgrading my Amiga 1200. It costs too much money and the gain will never be maximum.
After owning the fastest BlizzardPPC for just under 3 months it died on me this week. This really pissed me off because allthough I still have a warranty and probably will get my money back I realised they are not available. Ok, I still had one as a reserve but that one is the slowest available BlizzardPPC. In the middle of this card changeing I also lost my Workbench and Games partition. Now, I have a backup of the Workbench partition but it is almost 2 months old and I did a lot of work on my Workbench. I still don't understand it because my slower BlizzardPPC ran for a year before replacing it.
Not a good week for me. I didn't even get to play Heretic 2 on my super BlizzardPPC. It arrived just the day after it had died. Now I have to play it on my other slower BlizzardPPC. I think I will install Workbench and the Games partition in a few days.
I need the Amiga One!!!!!
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Posted by Ben Hermans/Hyperion on 29-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 9 (FireFlares):
So when you are on Blues News you made it?
I guess we made it then - several times.
Just do a search for "Amiga" or "Hyperion".
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Posted by Anonymous on 29-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
I just hope AInc won't make the same mistake as 14+ years ago again: to propagate only the half of the good parts of their stuff at the begining, while starting attention lasts. At least, it would be good to mention: "There are other excellent features here, too."
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Posted by Flipper on 29-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 13 (Hagge):
::Please don't say X... X is a gui for un*x boxes among others...
Well, I hate to correct people on stuff like this but... X is not a GUI!!! With it, you can have a gui running on your un*x box, but X is just a protocol for communication between the X Window Server(s) (i.e. what displays the images) and the X Window Client(s) (the programs which you run). A big difference.
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Posted by Hagge on 29-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (XDelusion):
Hums.. ASF? Who cares, it's a lame format made by an lame company...
It would however be nice with DivX (mpegIV+m$ extensions=*.avi)... High quality and small files, there are some early player for this in Linux, so it shouldn't be impossible on the next Amiga either..
Gaming on the Amiga, an Interview with Bill McEwen : Comment 13 of 23ANN.lu
Posted by Hagge on 29-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 5 (XDelusion):
Please don't say X... X is a gui for un*x boxes among others...
Gaming on the Amiga, an Interview with Bill McEwen : Comment 14 of 23ANN.lu
Posted by XDelusion on 29-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 12 (Hagge):
Dude Linux has crap MPEG support and that can not be denied, it does not support the latest
Codec, or file types, and to me that is bunk, it just points out that Linux is not
fully compatable and those of us who still relay on those Codec's or file formats,
then must also still rely on Winblows as well. On the other hand, if you can provide me with
software that converts files from these formats, to something I can use, without
having to enter Winblows to do this, then that would work to, as long as I can
make some sort of media to watch my movies on.
We are not talking about games much....?? :O)
...Where is my AmiQuake 3?!?
There done. he he
Gaming on the Amiga, an Interview with Bill McEwen : Comment 11 of 23ANN.lu
Posted by pierre narcisse on 29-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 9 (FireFlares):
And there lays the awsome Amiga Stratagey. Let everyone use this Os on top of their exsisting os, which makes them feel at home, then as they begin to understand the Os they will want to see it's full potential and will then install it natively with out Winblows and once that's done there is no turning back. See Winblows had this stratagey once when M$ had various support versions of NT for MIps, Alpha PPC etc... they made the mistake of dropping all support for everyone else in order to please Intel, supporting only their chip, which infuriated the likes of SUN, Motorola, MIPs Alpha etc... so now with Amiga being able to run on all these chips I can see all these anti-M$ companys lineing up to use our Os, once the devlopment community shows what can be done. Way to Go Amiga Inc.
Gaming on the Amiga, an Interview with Bill McEwen : Comment 10 of 23ANN.lu
Posted by pierre narcisse on 29-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 9 (FireFlares):
And there lays the awsome Amiga Stratagey. Let everyone use this Os on top of their exsisting os, which makes them feel at home, then as they begin to understand the Os the will want to see it full potential and will then install it natively with out Winblows and once that's done there is no turnong back. See Winblows had this stratagey once when the had various supported versions of NT for MIps, Alpha PPC etc... the made the mistake of dropping all that support in order to please Intel by supporting only their chip. which infuriated the likes of SUN Motorola MIPs Alpha etc... so now with Amiga being able to run on all these chips I see all these anti-microsoft companys lineing up to us our Os once the devlopment community shows what can be done. Way to Go Amiga Inc.
Gaming on the Amiga, an Interview with Bill McEwen : Comment 9 of 23ANN.lu
Posted by FireFlares on 29-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (XDelusion):
Someone recently said to me that when it comes to games, you know when you've made it when you're on Bluesnews.com. Well not only is Amiga on Bluesnews but its also on a lot of other sites I often lurk. :)
Excellent stuff.
The trick is now is to get the train there. As for running on "winblows", it's not ideal but for a time there will be apps that I want to use only on windows. Being able to switch between Amiga and windows quickly will make my transition to Amiga a much more pleasant experience.
- FF
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Posted by Torsten on 29-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
The only reason for gamers to buy a computer are better graphics, more speed - better games. Can anybody imagine a game to play on 19"-Monitors and handhelds? Who needs something like that?
The problem of the new strategy: before Windows-users install Amiga, there have to be better applications than the M$-Products...
Gaming on the Amiga, an Interview with Bill McEwen : Comment 7 of 23ANN.lu
Posted by michael jantzen on 29-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (XDelusion):
I guess Bill mentioned that DirectX isn't a component to AmigaDOS,
However about your question about the Amiga - I believe the Commodore SDK did allow for freezing or killing the OS while a game acessed the registers directly. The only reason why you can do this on the Amiga is because,
A) the hardware was well documented.
B) for the most part the hardware was the same.
What direct X does is setup an abstraction layer to acess API's for various video cards directly - instead of doing it the normal way (I believe) through the Windows GDI.exe.
Gaming on the Amiga, an Interview with Bill McEwen : Comment 6 of 23ANN.lu
Posted by XDelusion on 29-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
Imagine running a Real Time OS on top of a Shared Time OS.
If you thought WinUAE is flakey because of the restrictions of its parent OS, I can
only imagine what those restrictions would be like for those who choose to use Winblows
with the new AmigaOS.
Ha ha, I think when you release the OS, you should write something to this note on the box
stating that due to the structure and limitations of the Win9x OS, your Amiga OS
will perform much better in a Real Pre-Emptive Operating System I.E. Linux or QNX. :O)
Wonder if I will ever see the day where I run the new OS ontop my old Amiga OS?
Gaming on the Amiga, an Interview with Bill McEwen : Comment 5 of 23ANN.lu
Posted by XDelusion on 29-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 2 (Bill McEwen):
Thankx Bill, I understand that Amiga itself will not be using X, I was just curious
about why X was so special, and what you guys had up your sleeves, that would lure big
time game developers away from the direction they are going,(being the development of
Winblows/Direct X dependant games).
My main concern is this:
When Amiga comes out, I am not so much concerned about the server side of the software, yes it would
be great if there was server software that would totally make Linux useless to me, but on the other hand
if I end up sticking with Linux as well, then I don't have much gribe, if the new OS runs pretty fast ontop
of Linux, then kool, I can live, on the other hand, if the New Amiga OS does not make an impact on the game
field, then I am going to have to be running Windows still for that matter, cause I got to admit, I love
my Unreal, Quake, NeoGeo emulation and the like, also another thing that is going to tie me to Winblows is
the fact that they have the Media Codec things in there hands and no one else seems to have them, by this I am
refering to: VCD, DVD, ASF, ect. ect. You do not have support for these things on BeOS, Linux, AtheOS, or anything
else, and that in itself really blows, ecspecially since Amiga was once the King of Kings when it came to
multimedia.
On that note, would it not be nice if ATI developed support for there All in Wonder cards for the new Amiga OS!?!?
Thankx for the personal reply Bill, I have to say, you definaty make me take Amiga serious again, granted I have not
seen much product really, but there is something about your manner and the whole bit, I can tell you are serous, and
unlike Gateway, are not here just for a nice little Tax write off. :O)
Thankx a million!
Gaming on the Amiga, an Interview with Bill McEwen : Comment 2 of 23ANN.lu
Posted by Bill McEwen on 29-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (XDelusion):
There is NO Direct X involvement in Amiga.
This was a direct question about how we compare to Direct X. And my answer was a comparison to, not that Windows has anything to do with it.
Thank you,
Bill McEwen
Gaming on the Amiga, an Interview with Bill McEwen : Comment 3 of 23ANN.lu
Posted by Pierre Narcisse on 29-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 2 (Bill McEwen):
Bill one of the biggest things will be graphics and audio supposingly The Amiga is to be strong in the feild I don't think that direct video or direct sound is what we should use how about another issue networking. are we going to be force to use Windows to do networking or will the new Os support it out of the box using the X.500 model. and what kind of direcrory service will it feature. can you comment.
Gaming on the Amiga, an Interview with Bill McEwen : Comment 4 of 23ANN.lu
Posted by szutoman on 29-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 2 (Bill McEwen):
Yo Bill, looking forward to seeing you at Amiwest(-: Do you think it would be cool to auction off some SDK's at Amiwest 2000? Also, thanks for Donating the Amiga 1200's for the show!!!(-: Many of us are really excited about recent events and such and look forward to hearing some great News!!!
Another Question; Do you have any Idea what the heck is going on with the Amiga Amijoe PPC card for the 3000, 4000? I here that they will only be producing it for the 1200, and should those sales be good, then they might consider 3000 and 4000. I am a voice of many 3000 and 4000's owners who would love to be able to get a PPC card. We are the POWER users that make the Amiga Shine(-: If you could,I know that this has very little to do with your work at AMiga Inc., Perhaps you could use your position to influence the PPC manufactures to produce a card so that we may run the New OS on our system's(-:
szutoman
Gaming on the Amiga, an Interview with Bill McEwen : Comment 23 of 23ANN.lu
Posted by John Payne on 30-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
I had trouble with the URL for the Gamers Depot article as posted.
http://207.115.66.82/interviews/amiga/001.htm works though.
Gaming on the Amiga, an Interview with Bill McEwen : Comment 20 of 23ANN.lu
Posted by Joe "Floid" Kanowitz on 30-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 8 (Torsten):
Didn't notice if someone hit this point already... but there are a lot of games that do well on handhelds as well as on big screens. For an example, look at the way the Dreamcast and all the newer consoles offer gaming from their memory cards. You might not get the full game, but you can "extend" the gameplay into the portable realm.
Tetris, RPGs, and just about anything that isn't a 3D-rendered first-person-shooter scales to a handheld device just fine.
Gaming on the Amiga, an Interview with Bill McEwen : Comment 21 of 23ANN.lu
Posted by Martin Baute on 30-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
Every site I come across is speaking of this great interview - but,
I cannot get the URL, not even the domain...
Could someone browse his cache and send the interview to me by e-mail?
Pleaaaaase.... ;-)
Gaming on the Amiga, an Interview with Bill McEwen : Comment 22 of 23ANN.lu
Posted by XDelusion on 30-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
Well I can not seem to get a hold of any of my friends who have CNN and a All In WOnder Por.
So
if anyone captures this interview, please let me know where I can download it. I need everything I can
for My Bill McEwin shrine. Incense anyone??? :O)
Hara Bill Hara Rama Rama Hara Bill
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